Obituaries for Friday, December 19, 2014

• Rosita Yadao • Jonathan Renti Cruz • Esperanza Funtanilla • Chieko Nitta • Josephine Refamonte • Harold “Hal” Naumu

Rosita Yadao

Rosita Daligcon Yadao of Kekaha, born on May 3, 1928, in Makaweli, Kauai, Hawaii, died on December 14, 2014 at KVMH at the age of 86.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dionisio Yadao; parents, Dionicio and Maria Daligcon; brothers, Gregorio, Luciano, and Isidro Daligcon; and sisters, Saturnina Andres and Florentina Manuel, step-daughter, Sida Harper; step-son Angel Yadao.

She is survived by her two sons, Joven (Colleen) Bautista of Hanapepe, Jaime (Lovelyn) Yadao of Ele’ele; two daughters Julita (Alfonso) Mendoza of Kekaha and Judy (Nirun Ruanjai) Yadao of Kekaha; brother, Mariano Daligcon; step-daughter, Gloria (Rich) Kirkland of Hilo, step-son Doni Yadao of Wailua, eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous step grandchildren, step-great grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family may visit with the family on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Holy Cross in Kalaheo at 9AM. Mass at 10AM, with burial to follow at the Kekaha Public Cemetery. Family suggests casual attire and are open to flowers.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Jonathan Renti Cruz

Jonathan Renti Cruz of Kekaha, passed away on December 6, 2014 at the age of 56. Born on February 22, 1958 in Waimea, Kauai, he was a housekeeping supervisor with Macys.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Prudencio Renti Cruz Sr. and Magdalena Renti Cruz; and two brothers, Felix Renti Cruz and Jeffrey Renti Cruz.

He survived by his wife, Noelle Renti Cruz; three daughters, Jonelle Renti Cruz of Kekaha, Marleah Renti Cruz of Kekaha, Sharnelle Renti Cruz of Kekaha; brother, Prudencio (Helene) Renti Cruz Jr. of Oahu; and four sisters, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Jimmy Sr.) Duvauchelle of Molokai, Darolyn Flores of Nevada, Geneoeva “Genny” Renti Cruz of Kekaha, and Cristita Alegria of Guam.

Friends may visit with the family for a celebration of life on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Kekaha officiated by Father Arnel Soriano. Visitation will be 9-11AM with services to follow right after. Family suggest casual attire and to omit flowers and wreaths.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Esperanza Funtanilla

Esperanza Cabacungan Funtanilla known by everyone as Pacing, died with her family by her side at home on December 8, 2014 in Torrance, CA. at the age of 99. She retired from Olokele Sugar Company as a landscape helper after 15 years.

Esperanza is preceded in death by her husband, Basilio Blanza Funtanilla and great-grandson Cayd Fujimoto.

She is survived by her sister Socorro (Abundio) Munoz (Hayward, CA), three children, Antonia Fontanilla (Torrance, CA), Peggy (Leland) Sun (Burbank, CA) and son Franklin (Stephanie) Funtanilla (Eleele, HI). Seven grandchildren, Craig (Rachelle Lorenzo) Fujimoto, Anson Fujimoto, Mason Fujimoto, Liana Sun, Branden Sun, Sara Funtanilla and Isaac Funtanilla. Five great-grandchildren, Gavin Fujimoto, Cyrus Fujimoto, Chloe Fujimoto, Kolten Fujimoto and Rylie Fujimoto, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Garden Island Mortuary Chapel in Lawai. Visitation will be at 5:00pm. A celebration of her life on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:30am with viewing at Eleele Sacred Hearts Mission. Mass at 10:00am with burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens, Lihue. Her family requests casual attire.

Arrangements handled by Rice Mortuary, Torrance, CA and Garden Island Mortuary Ltd., Lawai, HI.

Chieko Nitta

Chieko Nitta of Kekaha, Kauai, passed away at KVMH on December 11, 2014 at the age of 94. Born on July 25, 1920 in Waimea, Kauai, she was a cafeteria helper with Waimea High School.

She is preceded in death by her parents Tadashi and Chieno Okada and brother, Sadamu Okada.

She is survived by her two sons, Glenn (Patsy) T. Nitta of Waimea, Kauai, Gary (Liela) S. Nitta of Lawai, Kauai; daughter, Gail (Wayne) Y. Kawamura of Honolulu, Hawaii; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, James Okada of Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Sakiko Okihara of Kekaha, Kauai, Nobue Watanabe of Kekaha, Kauai, Tokiko Murakami of Honolulu, Hawaii; sister-in-law, Sally Okada of Kekaha, Kauai; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Josephine Refamonte

Josephine “Togo” Refamonte of Hanamaulu, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on December 5, 2014, at the age of 71. She was born on March 19, 1943 in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. She worked as a pantry worker in the hospitality industry at Kauai Surf, Sheraton Coconut Beach Hotel, and La Cascata, Princeville Resort. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Zacarias & Muriel Rojas, brothers Charles Rojas and Patricio “Sonny” Rojas, sisters Ruthie Surveyor and Loretta Lum. 

She is survived by her husband Tomas Refamonte, daughters Terrece “Humpy” Refamonte, Tonia “Titi” Refamonte, Taneil (Levi) Hirokane, sons Todd “Rocky” (Ade) Refamonte, Tomme Joe (Melissa) Refamonte, Troy (Keani) Refamonte, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister Flora Camalliri, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held on December 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Lydgate Beach Park Main Pavilion. Her family requests casual attire.

Harold “Hal” Naumu

Harold “Hal” Wallace Naumu of Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii passed away on November 19, 2014 at the age of 59. Born on January 2, 1955 in Lihue, Kauai, he worked in the hospitality industry.

Preceded in death by his father, Harold Aukai Naumu and brother-in-law, Anthony Balocan.

He is survived by his mother Amy Shinagawa Naumu of Lihue; sisters Doreen (Chris) Tamura of Kapaa; Laureen Naumu-Balocan of Koloa; brother Robb Naumu of Lihue; nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Chapel in Koloa. Visitation from 10:30 AM, services at 11 AM.

Arrangements by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Koloa, Kauai.


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